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Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction
What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa. The One Laptop Per Child project started as a way of delivering technology and resources to schools in countries with little or no education infrastructure, using inexpensive computers to improve traditional curricula. Rather than give out laptops (they're actually Motorola Zoom tablets plus solar chargers running custom software) to kids in schools with teachers, the OLPC Project decided to try something completely different: it delivered some boxes of tablets to two villages in Ethiopia, taped shut, with no instructions whatsoever. Just to give you a sense of what these villages in Ethiopia are like, the kids (and most of the adults) there have never seen a word. But that's not what OLPC did. Via MIT

How to Keep Electronics Going With No Power @pogue What creative solutions &/or gadgets are you using to get through the new issues #Sandy has left for you?— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker_Carlson) October 31, 2012 The Hurricane Sandy storm damage here in my Connecticut town was fairly extensive — beautiful old trees are down everywhere, 85 percent of our homes are without power, and officials are saying it will take at least 10 days to restore electricity — but at least our homes are standing. Still, on Twitter, a number of people have suggested that it might be interesting to hear how a tech columnist muddles through a 10-day stretch without electricity and Internet (not to mention heat or hot water). The short answer is: Pretty much like the other seven million people whose electricity blew out with the storm. The Times’s technology columnist, David Pogue, keeps you on top of the industry in his free, weekly e-mail newsletter.Sign up | See Sample Internet. For Internet, therefore, I’ve been using my phone’s tethering feature. Power.

One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy - Science - News It is the place where 34 nations representing more than half the world’s population have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet – only the International Space Station is bigger. The international nuclear fusion project – known as Iter, meaning “the way” in Latin – is designed to demonstrate a new kind of nuclear reactor capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity from atomic fusion. If Iter demonstrates that it is possible to build commercially-viable fusion reactors then it could become the experiment that saved the world in a century threatened by climate change and an expected three-fold increase in global energy demand. This week the project gained final approval for the design of the most technically challenging component – the fusion reactor’s “blanket” that will handle the super-heated nuclear fuel. Click here to see how the Iter Project could produce clean energy “Every single stage is inspected.

SmartBlog on Education - 3 ways to make career exploration cool again - SmartBrief SmartBlogs SmartBlogs In many schools and districts, career education has gotten a “bad rap.” Sometimes, vocational- and career-exploration activities are only offered to students who aren’t attending college. Due to this, career exploration can carry a negative stigma that seems silly and even detrimental. But the common core’s focus on career and college readiness may change all that. As educators, we must use this momentum to make career exploration cool again. Not sure how to begin? 1. 2. 3. As we all know, the careers available to our students may look very different from the careers in existence today. Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson) is a learner, leader and teacher.

Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money Here’s some stunning, Earth-shattering news: You know all those hundreds of incredibly stupid startups that have been raising seed money in Silicon Valley despite the fact that the people running those startups have no experience doing anything, ever, and have no idea at all how to generate revenue (let alone profit) with their lousy ideas, because, in fact, there is no way to make money with their lousy ideas, because in fact their ideas are lousy? Well, nobody wants to give those dopes any more money. So now they're going to go out of business. I know. And the dopey angel investors who wrote the checks for those startups are going to lose their money. Believe it or not this is actually a big story in Silicon Valley right now. But who didn’t see this coming? How could this have ended in anything but a train wreck? We're Shocked -- Shocked! And remember when there supposedly was no bubble? I’m sorry but the whole thing is hilarious. A Confederacy of Dunces What Happens Now? So who knows.

A Mind-Blowing UI That Could Finally Make Group Work Intuitive We’ve seen "magic-window" augmented reality interfaces, Minority Report-style gestural interfaces, and computer-vision-powered collaborative display interfaces. But what about an iPad app that combines all three? That would be T(ether), an experimental design from the MIT Media Lab. Creators Matthew Blackshaw, Dávid Lakatos, Hiroshi Ishii, and Ken Perlin call T(ether) "a tool for spatial expression" that "acts as a window affording users a perspective view of three-dimensional data through tracking of head position and orientation." T(ether) opens up mind-boggling possibilities for creating interactive digital art or exploring novel scientific visualizations. I also asked Lakatos what T(ether) offers the user that plain-old touch-screen manipulation doesn’t--in other words, why do you need the glove if you’re still just pinching and zooming pseudo-3-D objects that are only visible on a flat screen? Okay, sounds good.

How Many Planets are in the Solar System? I’m just going to warn you, this is a controversial topic. Some people get pretty grumpy when you ask: how many planets are in the Solar System? Is it eight, ten, or more? I promise you this, though, we’re never going back to nine planets… ever. As kids, memorizing this list was an early right of passage of nerd pride: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. But then in 2005, Mike Brown discovered Eris, an icy object thought to be about the same size as Pluto, out beyond its orbit. That would bring the total number of planets to ten. The Solar System. In order to settle the dispute, the International Astronomical Union met in 2006, and argued for, and against Pluto’s planethood. In the end, they changed the definition of what makes a planet, and sadly, Pluto doesn’t make the cut: Here are the new requirements of planethood status: A planet has to orbit the Sun. The final decision was to demote Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. Ceres. Makemake. Pluto.

Great Teachers Don't Teach In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective. I couldn't help thinking about some of my best teachers. I had an amazing psychology professor in college. He was on fire every class period and his enthusiasm was contagious. But the things I remember most are the psychological experiments in which we participated. My psychology professor was an effective teacher because he provided experiences that created long-term memories. "I appreciate all of the comments that have been made so far. My experience is that good teachers care about students. All of this is good but great teachers engineer learning experiences that maneuver the students into the driver's seat and then the teachers get out of the way. In The Classroom Long past are the times when we teach content just in case a student might need it. Taking Action

Intern Blog | How You Can Be A Thiel Fellow, Too: Interview with Danielle Strachman of the Thiel Fellowship Most of us have heard about the Thiel Fellowship: an innovative program created by brilliant investor Peter Thiel, set on empowering top students to push technological innovation. However, what most of us remember about the Fellowship is that it involves exceptionally brilliant students dropping out of universities like Harvard and MIT in order to pursue more entrepreneurial ideas. We could simply gape at the incredible qualifications of these “drop-outs,”who are programming, creating, and blazing through college courses at the ripe old age of age of…say, 15. Yet, what becomes clear is that their ideas unleashed by funding and support of the Foundation grants are even more amazing than prior accomplishments. Current fellows are working towards solving massive challenges; ranging from asteroid mining to extending the human life span by centuries. Fellows like Dale J. Are you salivating yet? Here’s how you can be exceptional, too. The Value of Pursuing One’s Passion Why do so?

Tops of 2012: Digital Smartphone owners became the majority of mobile phone users for the first time this year, growing from 49 percent of mobile subscribers in Q1 2012, to 56 percent by Q3 2012. Mobile app usage also continued to grow. Among the top 10 mobile apps, Twitter was the fastest growing Android app, and the Facebook Messenger app grew the most among iPhone apps. Google remained the top Web brand, with an average 172 million unique visitors each month between January and October 2012, followed by Facebook, which garnered an average of 153 million visits each month. Online video continued to grow in 2012, but YouTube remained the top online video source, averaging 132 million unique viewers during the year.

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